This classic episode from the U.S. Army’s "The Big Picture" television series [1951-1964] focuses on the fundamental building block of the Army: the individual soldier. “From everywhere across the nation, I come to become part of the Army that defends America. I must learn to handle the awesome striking power of 20th-century weapons, from rifle to rockets. I must learn to function at 30 degrees below zero or in steaming jungle heat and to travel by foot, or truck, or helicopter, or parachute, or even rocket belt. I learn to be a leader, a teacher, a technician, a linguist, a diplomat in uniform working with free world allies in every corner of the Earth. Today’s global Army has thousands of tasks to perform, and I must be able to do them all. That is my mission, and this is my story.”
Roots of a Soldier (2:22) -- Entering the Military World (3:11) -- Weapons Training (3:34) -- Part of a Standing Army (1:56) -- Soldier Mobility (3:24) -- Technical Education (2:06) -- Specialized Training (2:06) -- Advanced Infantry Training (2:24) -- Leader and a Learner (1:30) -- Military Arsenal (2:15) -- Threat of Communism (2:00) -- I Am a Soldier: Conclusion (0:40) -- Credits: The Big Picture: I Am a Soldier (0:27)
Films on Demand has many episodes available of "The Big Picture," which was a documentary series produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service from 1951 to 1964. "The Big Picture" covered many different aspects of the military including its history, weaponry, training, cooperation with other nations, and propaganda/promotion. Clicking on the link above will run a search in Films on Demand for videos in this series.